1. Bruce
    Bruce May 24, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi Ray,

    I really enjoyed your book and look forward to your articles with anticipation. I am 61 and plan on thru hiking the JMT this summer (July). I have been hiking a portion of the AT near my home about 4-5 x per week with at least one or two 10 milers with a 35 pound pack. My feet(heels) are sore at the end but, otherwise I’m faring well. I will be in Mammouth for 3 days then Yosemite valley for 3 days then Tuolumne for 2days prior to leaving for the hike. I am now feeling everything from excitement and anticipation to abject terror! Tell me this is normal! Seriously, thank you for your devotion to this epic experience.



    1. Richard
      Richard June 11, 2016 at 1:48 am

      Bruce, I am 53 and then pretty much the same situation as you. Me and a buddy leave in mid August to hike the JM T and I have been having foot in the lower back pains galore. It’s scaring the hell out of me as I am very determined to finish and enjoy the entire hike but for the first time in my life I am definitely feel my age and capabilities. Love to swap thoughts and ideas anytime feel free to email me. Best of luck to you on your journey.

  2. Kathy
    Kathy May 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    IF you filter your water, then the stretch between Whitney Summit and Whitney Portal, has several places to get water.

    Trail Camp, while in my opinion, is an unpleasant place, is an acceptable water stop if using a filter. A couple of years ago, they were conducting tests up there, and I was talking to a ranger who said it’s not nearly as bad as people think, and is completely safe if filtering.

    Outpost Camp is another good source, and I’ve never seen this dry, even in late October/early November of a drought year.

    Lone Pine Lake is so pretty, that it’s worth a little rest break before those last 2 1/2, seemingly neverending miles.

    I only mention these because hauling water is the last thing I want to do coming down from Whitney. The weight combined with the steep steps, and my middle-aged knees are just not a good combination. Just a thought!

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